Language Development / Edition 1

Language Development / Edition 1

by Patricia Brooks, Vera Kempe
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1444331469

ISBN-13: 9781444331462

Pub. Date: 05/15/2012

Publisher: Wiley

An accessible introduction to language development aimed at a wide audience of students from different disciplines such as psychology, behavioural science, linguistics, cognitive science, and speech pathology. It requires only minimal knowledge of psychology, and is intended for undergraduates from the second year of studies onwards. The wide accessibility to

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An accessible introduction to language development aimed at a wide audience of students from different disciplines such as psychology, behavioural science, linguistics, cognitive science, and speech pathology. It requires only minimal knowledge of psychology, and is intended for undergraduates from the second year of studies onwards. The wide accessibility to undergraduates is achieved by avoiding technical terminology when possible and explaining all crucial concepts in the text.

From the first moment of life, language development occurs in the context of social activities. This book emphasises how language development interacts with social and cognitive development, and shows how these abilities work together to turn children into sophisticated language users—a process that continues well beyond the early years. Covering the breadth of contemporary research on language development, Brooks and Kempe illustrate the methodological variety and multi-disciplinary character of the field, presenting recent findings with reference to major theoretical discussions. Through their clear and accessible style, readers are given an authentic flavour of the complexities of language development research.

With such research advancing at a rapid pace, Language Development uncovers new insights into a variety of areas such as the neurophysiological underpinnings of language, the language processing capabilities of newborns, and the role of genes in regulating this amazing human ability.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781444331462
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/15/2012
Series:
BPS Textbooks in Psychology Series
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
865,962
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements xv

Chapter 1 What Enables Infants to Acquire Language? 1

Chapter 2 What do Infants Learn Before they Speak their First Word? 19

Chapter 3 How does Social and Cognitive Development Support

Language Development? 43

Chapter 4 How do Children Learn Words? 63

Chapter 5 How do Children Learn to Combine and Modify Words? 89

Chapter 6 What Kind of Language do Children Encounter? 117

Chapter 7 How do Children Learn to Use Language? 141

Chapter 8 How does Language Development Aff ect Cognition? 163

Chapter 9 What is the Role of Literacy in Language Development? 189

Chapter 10 What Causes Language Impairments? 213

Chapter 11 How do Deaf Children Acquire Language? 239

Chapter 12 How does Language Development Aff ect the Brain? 263

Glossary 287

References 303

Name Index 367

Subject Index 379

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